Are you in pain?
Your Denver, CO, dentists, Dr. Steven Wilk and Dr. Jeffrey Revoir can help end your pain. Most people are afraid of root canal treatment but it's actually the procedure that can put an end to your pain.
When would you need a root canal?
A tooth is composed of several layers:
- The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part.
- The second layer under it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer.
- The third layer of the tooth is called the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- The last layer is called cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, which causes pain. Your dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, and then seal the canal.
What causes the infections?
There are several reasons why your tooth may have been infected. Here are a few reasons why:
- Poor Diet: Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows the bacteria to infect the pulp unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.
- Unhealthy Oral Regimen: An unhealthy oral regimen isn't the only thing that can cause your enamel to break and expose the pulp. Cracks and chips can also help bacteria infiltrate the enamel and infect the pulp. Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and/or sustaining an injury or in a car accident.
Getting a root canal is important to keep your teeth healthy. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a root canal or another treatment, call your Denver, CO, dentists, Drs. Steven Wilk and Jeffery Revoir at 303-758-2980.